October 21, 2012

OKLAHOMA!

After weeks of hectic rehearsals the girls of the Ursuline took to the stage with their production of Oklahoma! The show was introduced by the Oklahoma! Overture beautifully played by the Ursuline Senior Orchestra. The audiences were enthralled by the mesmerising renditions of “oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “Surrey with a Fringe on Top” belted out by the very talented Julia Buckley, Lucy Tobin and Roisin Heenan. Of course Curly and Laurie had the audience on tender hooks as they tried to resist their love for each other but alas they eventually succumbed, much to disgust of the repulsive farmhand Jud Fry who was chillingly portrayed by Anna Slattery Fitzgerald. Meanwhile the comic love triangle between the dizzy Ado Annie (Sarah Hennessey), the infatuated Will Parker (Adriennne Kellly) and the double-dealing Ali Hakim (Grainne White) caused may eruptions of laughter from the audience. The songs “Can’t Say No” and “All Er Nothin” triggered numerous moments of laughter as the actresses used comic timing impeccably. And what about Ali Hakim trying to start a revolution? “It’s a Scandal, it’s and Outrage” but he was left to fight the fight alone and fell prey to the piercing laughter of Gertie Cummins (Rachel Williams) – surely that was punishment enough for trying to dupe the gormless Ado Annie.

Although there were many romantic clinches throughout the plot there were also moments of sheer energy as Andrew Carnes (Cait Ryan) and Aunt Eller (Ruth Atkins) led the company in the uplifting number “The Farmer and the Cowman”, thankfully Aunt Eller had a gun handy when those rowdy cowboys and boisterous farmers took to fightin’ and she managed to get them to get along. And who could forget the impressive scene when the whole company took to the stage to perform “Oklahoma!” with great gusto and flare; every foot in the hall was tapping and everybody was swaying to the rousing interpretation of the timeless classic. Audience members were completely transported by the entire performance but undoubtedly the “Dream Ballet” was quite hypnotic as the atmospheric lighting and elegant dancers lured the audience into Laurie’s dream; what a relief to discover that it was but a dream and that Curly was fine! As Curly and Laurie left the wedding party in an actual “Surrey with a Fringe on top” the audience gasped with relief (and awe as the trap was manoeuvred on stage!!). Thursday night the 1st of November will be the final night of the show and so if you haven’t had the opportunity to see the show yet you may still be in with a chance; contact the school 0n (0504)22147 for information on tickets.

HOCKEY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR 2012

As detailed a few weeks ago the Ursuline Secondary school was nominated for the Electric Ireland Irish Hockey School of the year. There were four schools short listed for this prestigious award; St. Gerard’s Bray (Ulster), Banbridge Academy (Ulster), Alexandra College (Leinster) and the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles (Munster). On Saturday night the Awards ceremony was held in Alexander Hotel in Dublin; the ceremony was presented by RTE’s Darragh Moloney. Just as the musical was coming to a close on Saturday night news filtered through that the Ursuline had been named Irish Hockey School of the Year 2012. Sr. Berchmans was present in Dublin to accept the award with Ms. Sandra Hedigan, one of the school’s hockey coaches. The award was presented by Daphne Hall who is the President of the Irish Hockey Association. It was a momentous night as the school’s contribution to school hockey was recognised. It is indeed a great achievement for the hockey department in the school, all the students who play hockey at all different levels and for all the staff who support hockey throughout the year. Well done to all involved!

CONCERN DEBATING

The Concern Debate team led by Leah Carroll had their first debate this week at home to St. Anne’s Tipperary. The motion for debate was “The World has more to fear from President Romney than President Obama” and it was proposed by the Ursuline girls. The girls completely embraced the task at hand and became very passionate about their argument thus were very convincingly able to refute many of the arguments put forward by the opposition. The motion was carried and the result was unanimous thus getting the debating season off to a very positive start for the current debate team. Leah was ably aided by Sarah Brennan, Kora Delaney and Katie Cody on the night while team member, Roisin Putti, was an essential cog of the wheel as she proved a most efficient researcher. Well done girls. Research has already begun for the next debate, the Ursuline will debating against Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel. The team will be proposing the motion; “The people of the developed world are responsible for poverty in the developing world”. Many thanks to all those who attended the last debate to support the team, your presence made the debate most enjoyable for both teams.

SPORTS

The Senior B hockey team played a pre-season match against St. Anne’s Tipperary town. Both sides were very equally matched and the match ended on a 1;1 draw score. First years also played a match this week; however it was a pre-season game to help them prepare for upcoming matches. The First year team played remarkably well scoring an impressive five goals. On the day St. Anne’s were unable to match the energy and skill of this First year team and as the final whistle blew the score was 5;0 to the Ursuline. Very well done girls, showing great promise for the season.

The Senior B team also played against Villiers, Limerick, in another pre-season match, the match was most skilful and taxing but thankfully the Ursuline girls managed to score 2 goals to secure a win. The Second year A team also played a friendly against Villiers this week but after a tough match neither team could get the better of the other, a truly exciting match that ended nil all.

In basketball news the Cadette and Senior teams both had impressive victories over St. Mary’s Nenagh in their first League games of the season. What a great start to the basketball season. The Under-16 Cup team were also triumphant in their match against Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne , they managed to notch up 34 points. After a challenging match the final score was 34;7 to the Ursulines.

Written By Nora Tuohy